Relax on the Ruby

A gem in Southwest Montana

  • By: Fly Rod and Reel

Ruby Valley Lodge is a spacious log cabin rental ideally situated in SW Montana’s Ruby Valley. Surrounded by six blue-ribbon trout streams and seven mountain ranges, this Montana cabin is truly located in a sportsman’s paradise.

Fish Montana’s finest waters: The Beaverhead, Big Hole, Jefferson, Madison and Ruby rivers. The Ruby is an outstanding tailwater fishery, a smaller version of the Beaverhead. Lesser known, the Ruby has much less fishing pressure, is easily wadable, and provides excellent fishing for Rainbows and Browns in the 14 to 17-inch class, with fish 18 inches to 20-plus common.

Al Zimmerman of Ruby Valley Lodge says “Early Spring is one of my favorite times to fish in Southwest Montana. You have the water pretty much to yourself, the water levels are low and very nice for wading As spring progresses we look forward to the Mothers Day caddis hatch, followed by Golden Stones and then the famed salmonfly hatch. The awesome thing about Salmon flies is that you can start fishing them in May and follow them until mid to late July depending upon the water you are fishing. There are also prolific hatches of caddis and PMDs. When the fish aren’t rising, a great rig in any of the local waters is a bead-head San Juan worm or Stonefly with a midge dropper.

“The past few winters have been very good to us and have provided excellent levels of snow pack, which translates into superb fishing conditions. Last year was a banner year and 2010 promises to be even better. There are large numbers of fish in the three year old class and they are very healthy. This area of SW Montana offers plenty of public access. We have every type of water imaginable, from spring creeks to the mighty Madison. Plus, the Beaverhead and the Ruby are both tailwaters, so you can always find plenty of fishable water no matter when you come.”

Ruby Valley Lodge is ideal for small parties up to six, who prefer to stay together rather than staying in smaller separate cabins. The cabin has an eat-in kitchen for six and a very large family room, where you can hang out, watch TV and videos or just socialize. “We will gladly refer you to some excellent guides, depending upon which of the local waters you desire to fish,” Zimmerman says.

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